Archive for the 'Permaculture' Category

28 Generations of a Vietnam Food Forest

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Geoff Lawton describes centuries of gardening experimentation in a tropical food forest in this video from Vietnam.
This family owned garden casually yields productivity without loss of the topsoil, killing the life in it with tilling, spraying pesticides and herbicides, and without the use of petrochemical based fertilizers.
Glad we’re not dumping Napalm and Agent Orange […]

Free Permaculture Course Videos Online

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Instructor Will Hooker
36 video episodes of classroom instruction (over 40 hours) for an “Introduction to Permaculture” course are online at iTunes U, but are not easy to find. Here’s a direct link to the series,, which will launch iTunes.
“Spisblog,” a listener to The Survival Podcast, heard Jack Spirko talking about permaculture and blogged […]

Bill Mollison Wins Award in Australia

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Sometimes you can be a prophet in your own land.
Permaculture founder Bill Mollison was recognized for his work educating millions throughout the world by leaders in his native Australia.
“Bill was awarded with the distinctive title of “Senior Australian of the Year 2010 – National Finalist” in a ceremony held in Hobart on November 23, […]

Urban Farming Workshop in Detroit Feb. 2

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Little House on the Urban Prairie announced this exciting permaculture workshop (e. e. cummings style):
“urban ecology detroit presents a workshop with eric toensmeier - lessons learned from nuestras raices: permaculture for community and economic redevelopment, february 2nd from 10am to 2pm at the environmental interpretive center located on the campus of the university of michigan […]

Food Plant Reforestation Is Cool

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

An item at The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia titled “How to Repair Our World” embeds a slick YouTube video about WeForest.
The video’s producer persuaded Stephen Fry to volunteer his time for narration during a chance meeting in Copenhagen (hence the “Fry-day” category and also because it’s still Friday in my local time zone).
WeForest encourages […]

Et tu, Newsweek?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Newsweek has a reputation for bias toward the Democrat party in the U.S. Browsing their website tends to support that notion, because of the anti-Fox News and pro-Federal Reserve articles. That Fed support is a bit much even for most Democrats. Job numbers are “growing” (still at 10% unemployment) and anything else the administration does […]

Dirt the Movie at Conscientious Projector

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Conscientious Projector is hosting a free showing of Dirt the Movie in Tustin, CA this weekend (Sun., Nov. 9, 5 pm), which I plan to attend.
Here’s the Soul at Home location website with the Tustin address if you’re nearby and want to see the film.
There will also be a showing Wed., Nov. 18, 2009 […]

“Permablitz” Suburban Garden Trend

Monday, September 28th, 2009

From Australia comes a story, “Trend blossoms,” by Meg Sobey in the Moonee Valley Community News about neighbors doing an extreme makeover of a family’s backyard. (Thanks, Google Alerts).
“IT is difficult to imagine that Melanie Henkel’s kitchen once looked out over a grey courtyard. Her backyard now resembles a miniature farm, offering vegetables, fruit and […]

Geodesic Improvement of Chook Domes

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

From mostly
Permaculture Noosa describes a geodesic enhancement to the classic Linda Woodrow chook dome design.
Who thought Bucky Dome Climbers for kids had such a practical use? Too small for a human dome home (thanks PlanetGreenTV), but the perfect sized skeleton for an improved chicken tractor.
Now one person can lift the enclosure intact instead of […]

FreedomFest: Oil, Hemp, and Collapse

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

OCAW union
FreedomFest in Las Vegas had good attendance for a libertarian event. Read more about it at J. Neil Schulman’s FaceBook page (log in required).
The list of exhibitors leads off with energy and mining companies. They probably get hassled by Atomic unions lead by the likes of Homer Simpson. OCAW is an actual really for […]

Phenomenal Goat Staring Food Forest

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I was amazed when a grandmaster of Hollywood trivia attending a Libertarian supper club recently claimed not to have heard the term “permaculture” before.
It seems quite the trendy thing these days in political and cultural circles, but then I’m looking for it everywhere. Maybe folks will notice the release of the film “Food, Inc.” in […]

GMO patent infestation

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia published the cheerful report, “Monsanto Runs Into Wall. Yes!!” in their “Why Permaculture/GMOs” website section.
Poor little Monsanto must be feeling the heat. They’ve got a Biotech-GMO cheerleading page online that essentially says organic customers and growers face no danger from them.
I’ve been listening to the Audible edition […]

A Last Meeting. Also, Goat Towers and Seeds.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

ABC (Australia) Rural reports, “Group that started permaculture holds its last meeting“.
And here’s a couple of random Mound-day items. First, a Boing Boing post describing goat towers is worth reading and has cute photos. That goats are curious and like to climb on things was confirmed for me when I found goats on top of […]

Red Terra Cotta Powder v. Wet Modeling Clay

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Finally making some seedballs to practice what I preach at
Remembering that red terra cotta clay was the largest proportion of materials, I left an art supply place in a fool’s paradise with a heavy box of modeling clay, not the dry powder needed to make seedballs. D’oh!!!
Searching around the interwebs, I found others who […]

Ron Paul endorses Alongside Night

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
The headline says it all. Congressman Ron Paul, a recent U.S. Presidential candidate and popular leader of the Campaign For Liberty, just endorsed Neil’s agorist novel, Alongside Night. Says Neil, “We just received the following endorsement on Alongside Night via Ron Paul’s aide, Norman Singleton.”
“J. Neil Schulman’s Alongside Night may be even more relevant today […]

Obama’s White House Adds Veggie Garden

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

You might expect Mound-Day items to appear on Monday, but who says I’m tied to your planet’s orbital idiosyncrasies, Earthling?
An excerpt from a Chicago Tribune story last week about Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden:
“Friday’s activities are the culmination of a campaign to turn the 16 acres of White House grounds into an ‘edible landscape’. ”
This kind […]

Bottles, Barrels & Drops in the Ocean

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

BBC News website’s Environment correspondent, Richard Black, reported an example of a bleak world situation, where “For nearly one billion people, clean drinking water is still a mirage,” in an article titled “Where clean water is a pipedream”.
If you want a graphic demonstration of the health impacts of poor drinking water, look no further than […]

Poverty, Politics & Permaculture

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I recently posted a comment against the shutting down of tax havens, proposed in an article headlined “Pin Striped Pirates” at the Australia Permaculture Research Institute site.
As the saying goes, “There would be no tax havens if there were no tax hells.” I’ve had my own personal tax troubles in the past, but not […]

Permaculture Productivity 8 Times “Possible”

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

An Unreasonable.Org post links to an energetic rebuttal of a claim that permaculture is an impractical “hippy dippy, hunter gatherer” farming system.
Quoting permaculturist David Blume on his experience:
“My yields were often 8 times what the USDA claims are possible per square foot. My soil fertility increased dramatically each year so I was not achieving my […]

Modern Victory Movement’s War Veggies

Friday, November 28th, 2008

It’s harvest time!
One of Boing Boing editor Mark Frauenfelder’s recent posts about organic home gardens, War Vegetable Gardening, starts with the following review of a classic book with the same title and continues with an excerpt from the book.
“Daniel Bowman Simon of The Who Farm sent me a link to this scanned book: War Vegetable […]

A Dozen Tips For Raising Chickens

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

While following a link about growing your own chicken feed at A Homesteading Neophyte blog, I found a reference to Backyard Poultry Mag in the comments.
The latest issue caught my eye with an article titled “One Dozen Tips and Tricks to Simplify Poultry Keeping” by Gail Damerow, with information about things to do for the […]

Million Dollar Maggots in Costa Rica

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Flies came in and transformed orange peels on waste lands over time, replacing invasive grass species and weeds with a lush forest rich in biodiversity. Daniel Janzen’s approach cost $3,000 per episode compared to $600,000 spent doing the same work with human labor and tractors. After orange juice is squeezed and oil from the skin […]

Permaculture Design Concept Video

Friday, October 10th, 2008

The Culture of Permaculture blog has a couple of cool posts that caught my attention (via Google Alerts). One is a link to the World Food Garden site and the other is a link to the Permaculture: Quiet Revolution video.
[Update: The IPC 8 video seems to have gone missing. Fine. Let’s watch this cool BBC […]

Permibus Seizure Video

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Video report on Veracifier’s YouTube channel:
“This incident ended a day that saw multiple pre-RNC raids, which some legal observers believe is a coordinated pre-emptive effort by local and national law enforcement agencies to chill RNC protest action.”

Seedball Popularizer Masanoba Fukuoka Dead at 95

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Ausearth reports “Remembering a Great Man: Masanobu Fukuoka”.
Fukuoka’s work was described here recently in this post, which included links to free versions of his books (perhaps only legal in Australia).
“What impressed me about Fukuoka’s approach, even beyond “minimal labor,” is what he called “do nothing” agriculture. Now that’s what I’m talking about! I can do […]

Permaculture in Nir Moshe Village, Israel

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Adamama, according to their web site, was founded in 2003 “for adopting ways of sustainable lifestyle, agriculture and recycling, and as a place for finding the balance between man and nature.”
And here’s an excerpt from a Haaretz article about “an anarchist group” in Nir Moshe.
“The journey began with a visit to Nir Moshe, where a […]

Cradle To Cradle: 12 New Cities in China

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

This remains my favorite of the TED talks (except maybe Ray Kurzweil).
William McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, discusses sustainable design in architecture and ends with his astounding plans for twelve new cities in China. Quite a contrast from the toxic hell that is Beijing. From Wikipedia:
Air pollution […]

Rob Johnson: “Win My Balls”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Rob Johnson is holding a contest in which you can win his balls, seedballs that is.
I bought a product at the NW Flower and Garden show this year called seedballz I have some balls left over and thought… what will I do with my balls? I know- I will give them away! They are cool- […]

Amazing Number of Perennial Veggies

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The co-author of the permaculture design title Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set), Ed Toensmeier, has a new book out called Perennial Vegetables.
The publisher, Chelsea Green, describes it further in the subtitle:
From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles
Cindy Dyer of the Garden Muse blog photographed Toensmeier receiving an […]

Apocalypse Not: Toby Hemenway on Peak Oil Doomers

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, took issue with the Peak Oil catastrophists in some articles he wrote for magazines in 2006. Obviously, Hemenway is no oil company dupe. I see him as someone trying to give us a soft landing option precisely through his leadership in the permaculture movement.
“Apocalypse […]